Wednesday January 12, 2022
Lawsuit against him admitted
Prince Andrew fails in court
Virginia Giuffre accuses Prince Andrew of sexually abusing her when she was a minor. For a long time the prince hopes to get away with a black eye. Now, however, a judge rejects his lawyers ‘motion to dismiss Giuffres’ lawsuit.
If it were up to Prince Andrew and his lawyers, he would escape a civil lawsuit in the United States for the sexual abuse of Virginia Giuffre, who was then underage. This should ensure a deal between his alleged victim and the former puller Jeffrey Epstein. But now nothing will come of it. A New York judge has ruled to admit the lawsuit.
Giuffre accuses the British prince of abusing her in 2001 when she was only 17 years old. The meeting was arranged by Epstein, who was convicted and who died in prison in 2019 by suicide, or his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is also now convicted. An accusation that Andrew has always dismissed. In an interview with the BBC in 2019, he said that he could not remember ever meeting Giuffre. And certainly he hadn’t had sex with her, according to the Queen’s second oldest son at the time.
His lawyers now argued that Giuffre agreed in court in 2009 not to sue anyone associated with Epstein when she settled her lawsuit for damages against the billionaire sex offender. During the virtual hearing, they said the Duke of York was a “potential defendant” within the meaning of the agreement, so the case should be “closed”. Giuffre had forfeited her right to a lawsuit with the out-of-court settlement. The plaintiff’s lawyer, however, found that only the parties to the settlement agreement could benefit from it themselves, but not a “third party”.
Agreement is of no use to Andrew
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan saw it similarly. In his decision, he said the agreement of silence could not be used to serve the Duke of York. It had failed twice before trying to stop the lawsuit. For one thing, he had evaded service of the application for weeks by avoiding his residence on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
On the other hand, he tried to thwart the lawsuit by letting his lawyers argue that Giuffre, who now lives in Australia, could not go to court in the USA. With Judge Kaplan’s decision, nothing stands in the way of the civil process.[display-posts orderby="rand"]
It wasn’t until late last year that Epstein’s confidante, Ghislaine Maxwell, was found guilty of five out of six sex trafficking charges of minors. The prosecution accused her of having procured underage victims for Epstein’s sex ring as the right hand man.